This online, interactive text introduces and develops understanding of the research and writing process.

Subject Matter Experts:
Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde, M.A.
Katherine Greene, M.A.
Mary McGinnis, M.A.
Paul Ranieri, Ph.D.
Laura Romano, Ph.D.

Lesson 1

The Importance of Research: An Overview

  • The Research Process
  • Research Methods
  • Sources
  • Data Analysis
  • Presentation

Lesson 2

Refining the Research Question

  • Selecting a Topic
  • Topic Strategies
  • Developing and Strengthening the Research Question

Lesson 3

Selecting Appropriate Research Methods

  • Primary and Secondary Resources
  • Print Research Tools
  • Online Research Tools
  • Field Research Tools
  • Bringing it All Together

Lesson 4

Understanding Data and Research Analysis

  • Defining and Describing the Nature of Data
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Data
  • Conscious Research Process

Lesson 5

Presenting the Research Argument

  • Rhetorical Situation
  • Types of Presentations
  • Introduction Strategies
  • Organizational Strategies
  • Evolving the Presentation
  • Incorporating Sources

Lesson 6

Composing Collaborative Research Projects

  • Communication
  • Group Voice
  • Collaboration and Cooperation
  • Planning
  • Leadership
  • Organization
  • Execution and Management

Lesson 7

Style and Editing

  • Guidelines for Clear, Direct, Concise Style
  • Agent + Action
  • Improving Flow
  • Shape and Elegance
  • Style and Democracy

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